Inquiry into builder’s death delayed again

The fatal accident inquiry into the death of Brae builder James Thomson has been delayed again until Wednesday to allow solicitors involved in the inquiry time to read a report by Swiss canister manufacturer Polypag AG.

The company submitted fresh findings after carrying out a number of additional tests on cans of Polypag’s Evo-Stick foam – the same type of canister which exploded into Mr Thomson’s chest and killed him as he helped build a house in Levenwick in March 2007.

As the official inquiry reconvened at Lerwick Sheriff Court following a number of earlier delays, solicitor Chris Dowle, who represents Mr Thomson’s father Dennis, said neither he nor agent for Mr Thomson’s widow Karen, Lisa Gregory, had had time to read the latest findings.

The case was adjourned until to allow them time to absorb the report’s findings and decide whether they wanted to amend their recommendations or call for any further witnesses.


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